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Old 03-23-2009, 04:53 PM   #11
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Johns Roast Pork or Jims...period
I'll give you John's Roast Pork....but I stand my ground firmly on Pat's.
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:54 PM   #12
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I'll give you John's Roast Pork....but I stand my ground firmly on Pat's.
Pat's and Genos are fine....


....for the tourists.
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:56 PM   #13
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Pat's and Genos are fine....


....for the tourists.
I ain't no bloody tourist!

I grew up just across the river in Mt. Laurel - and as much family as I have in Philly, it was practically my hometown! I spent just about every weekend in Port Richmond with the immigrant side of this Polack's family.
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:57 PM   #14
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I ain't no bloody tourist!

I grew up just across the river in Mt. Laurel - and as much family as I still have in Philly, it was practically my hometown!


don't tell me, you're a "wit wiz" too?
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:55 PM   #15
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Pat's and Genos are fine....


....for the tourists.
Agreed. I have lived in SJ all my life and worked there for 15. I could almost see the city from my parents house who were originally from Philly but I don't like those cheese wiz steaks and know very few people who do. Too salty for one thing. It is all a matter of taste but I prefer a cheese steak from any pizzeria in the suburbs with a good American cheese. I hate it when visitors to the area are told to go to Pat's and Geno's for their first and maybe only taste of a cheese steak. But I guess if you want to go with what are apparently the popular places then go.
I don't know if the Pat's in SJ here are associated with the city Pat's but I think the ones here locally are expensive, small portions and not too good taste wise.
Sorry if this became a sandwich thing but I don't know of any other places in Philly except the Manayunk Brewpub.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:56 PM   #16
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Sorry if this became a sandwich thing but I don't know of any other places in Philly except the Manayunk Brewpub.
****, I don't care, I'm taking notes!

Thanks for the suggestions, all!
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:10 PM   #17
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up for about an hour drive? victory is in downingtown...
i've been to triumph as well. its definitely worth a visit.

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Old 03-24-2009, 02:16 PM   #18
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****, I don't care, I'm taking notes!

Thanks for the suggestions, all!
Several of my co-workers have lived in the city all their lives and put Jim's Steaks above Pat's and Geno's for what that is worth. Tony Luke's is also popular with them.
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:03 PM   #19
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Victory is my top recommendation. If you are taking the PA TPK or any route really Victory should only be 10 mins out of your way. From Hanover it is probably half way to Philly. Victory is very kid friendly. For me the craft beer scene in Philly is a bit lacking. There are a few good Irish pubs scattered throughout the city that are worth checking out.

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Old 03-26-2009, 02:43 PM   #20
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We're heading to Philly on Tuesday to visit the Academy of Natural Sciences. Takin' the kids and grandparents to see the dinosaur exhibit and I'm looking for suggestions on a brewpub/restaurant to visit afterward for a pint and something to eat. Was sad to learn that Ludwig's Garten had closed.

Thanks!
So where did you wind up going??
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